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Hawaiian Ghost Stories: The Great Glen Grant

When most people think of paradise, Hawaii is usually the first place that comes to mind. A land of stunning beauty and warm, friendly people, it remains a powerfully attractive destination for those wanting to "get away from it all."

But few are aware that Hawaii may also be one of America’s most haunted states.

In his entertaining series of books exploring Hawaii’s secret supernatural underbelly, author Glen Grant revealed the Hawaiian Islands as a surprising hotbed of ghostly activity. A much beloved teacher and historian with a doctorate in American studies, Grant was the state’s unofficial king of "obake" (ghost stories). He deftly combined a love of Hawaiian and Asian American culture with a remarkable flair for storytelling -- to the delight of many readers and fans.

Sadly, Grant recently passed away of cancer at the age of 56. As a tribute to the author -- whose various books have often been featured by the Japanese American National Museum Store over the years -- we are highlighting some of our very favorites. (See below.)

During his long career, Grant wrote many books, both in and out of the supernatural fiction genre. His "ghostly" works include Obake: Ghost Stories in Hawaii and the well-known Chicken Skin Series of books ("chicken skin" is Hawaiian slang for "goose bumps").

In 1995, the Honolulu City Council honored Grant as one of Hawaii’s Living Treasures of Multiculturalism. We couldn’t agree more that Grant was a real treasure—and he will be sorely missed.

We heartily encourage you to read his books. You won’t be disappointed! Available for a limited time, supplies of these titles may not last long, so order yours early—and enjoy.

October 2003




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